Participants include director Costa Gavras

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) and the Irish Film Institute (IFI) have joined forces in a new partnership to support Irish directors.

SDGI/IFI Directors in Dialogue is a series of events that pairs Irish and international directors to discuss their approaches to film-making with the first being a Skype call with acclaimed director Costa Gavras in conversation with fellow director Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings).

Directors and members of public will have a unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Gavras following the screening of his first American film Missing. The event takes place on June 25 at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin.

Birch Hamilton, SDGI’s executive director says: “We have strong connections to directors around the world and this is a great way to use technology to bring world acclaimed directors to audience in the comfort of their own cinema, the IFI. The Directors in Dialogue series brings directors together to discuss their creative vision behind their own work in a focused environment. The series aims to foster and promote a greater sense of the director’s perspective nationally and internationally and, most importantly, have some fun.”

Other events to follow in the SDGI Directors in Dialogue season include a family 3D screening of The Octonauts followed by a conversation with animation director and founder of Brown Bag Films Darragh O’Connell. The SDGI is in conversation with other international directors about future events.

Sarah Glennie, director of the IFI, said: “There is a huge amount of directing talent in Ireland and we at the IFI are inventing to find new ways to showcase the creativity and vision behind a director’s work. This is a great opportunity for exchanging ideas for audiences to engage and see the contrasting ways that directors approach filmmaking.”